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Annually vs. Annual: What's the Difference?

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"Annually" is an adverb meaning each year, while "Annual" is an adjective describing something that occurs once a year.

Key Differences

"Annually" and "Annual" both derive from the Latin word for year, "annus." However, their use in the English language differs grammatically. Annually is an adverb and typically describes the frequency with which an action occurs. For instance, when someone says they travel to Florida annually, they mean they make the trip once every year. On the other hand, Annual is an adjective and describes events, occurrences, or publications that happen once a year.
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In terms of financial contexts, Annually often indicates the regularity of a payment or a rate. For example, interest might be compounded annually. Annual, however, would be used to characterize something related to a specific year, like the annual report, which offers insights into a company's performance over a single year.
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From a botanical perspective, plants classified as Annual have a lifecycle that lasts only one year, from germination to producing seeds and then dying. In contrast, you might hear someone say they plant their garden Annually, emphasizing the action they take every year.
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Oct 11, 2023
Publications and events also use the term Annual to convey their yearly recurrence. An annual fair would be an event that's celebrated once every year. Conversely, if a magazine or journal is published Annually, it means it's released once every year
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Part of Speech

Adverb
Adjective
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Meaning

Describes the frequency of an action or event occurring.
Describes something that takes place or is valid for a year.
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Example

We vacation in Hawaii annually.
We attend the annual conference.
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Usage in Finance

Payments are made annually.
The annual budget is $50,000.
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Botanical Use

They seed their lawn annually.
Sunflowers are annual plants.
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Annually and Annual Definitions

Annually

Each year.
She visits her grandparents annually.
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Annual

Completed over the course of a year.
The company's annual output has increased.
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Annually

Once every year.
They renew their membership annually.
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Annual

Relating to a period of one year.
The annual sales meeting is in December.
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Annually

With a frequency of once a year.
The company holds a retreat annually.
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Annual

Occurring once every year.
The annual fair attracts thousands.
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Annually

Recurring, done, or performed every year; yearly
An annual medical examination.
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Annual

Valid or lasting for a year.
My annual subscription is about to expire.
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Annually

Of, relating to, or determined by a year
An annual income.
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Annual

Characteristic of or consistent with a full year.
The plant's annual growth is remarkable.
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Annually

(Botany) Living or growing for only one year or season.
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Annual

Recurring, done, or performed every year; yearly
An annual medical examination.
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Annually

A periodical published yearly; a yearbook.
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Annual

Of, relating to, or determined by a year
An annual income.
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Annually

(Botany) A plant that completes its entire life cycle in a single growing season.
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Annual

(Botany) Living or growing for only one year or season.
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Annually

Once every year without fail, yearly
The Sunshine Festival is held annually, at the end of May.
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Annual

A periodical published yearly; a yearbook.
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Annually

Yearly; year by year.
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Annual

(Botany) A plant that completes its entire life cycle in a single growing season.
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Annually

Without missing a year;
They travel to China annually
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Annual

Happening once every year.
An annual general meeting;
An annual publication
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Annually

By the year; every year (usually with reference to a sum of money paid or received);
He earned $100,000 per annum
We issue six volumes per annum
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Annual

Of, for, or relating to a whole year, often as a recurring cycle; determined or reckoned by the year; accumulating in the course of a year; performed, executed, or completed over the course of a year. See also circannual.
An annual salary;
Average annual profits;
The annual course of the sun
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Annually

At yearly intervals.
Taxes are filed annually.
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Annual

Having a life cycle that is completed in only one growing season; e.g. beans, corn, marigold. See Annual plant in Wikipedia. Compare biennial, perennial.
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Annually

As a yearly practice.
He donates to charity annually.
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Annual

(entomology) Living or lasting just one season or year, as certain insects or insect colonies.
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Annual

An annual publication; a book, periodical, journal, report, comic book, yearbook, etc., which is published serially once a year, which may or may not be in addition to regular weekly or monthly publication.
I read the magazine, but I usually don't purchase the annuals.
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Annual

(botany) An annual plant; a plant with a life span of just one growing season; a plant which naturally germinates, flowers and dies in one year. Compare biennial, perennial.
I can't wait to plant my annuals in the spring.
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Annual

A medical checkup taking place once a year.
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(theater) A pantomime taking place once a year.
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Annual

Of or pertaining to a year; returning every year; coming or happening once in the year; yearly.
The annual overflowing of the river [Nile].
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Annual

Performed or accomplished in a year; reckoned by the year; as, the annual motion of the earth.
A thousand pound a year, annual support.
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Annual

Lasting or continuing only one year or one growing season; requiring to be renewed every year; as, an annual plant; annual tickets.
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Annual

A thing happening or returning yearly; esp. a literary work published once a year.
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Annual

Anything, especially a plant, that lasts but one year or season; an annual plant.
Oaths . . . in some sense almost annuals; . . . and I myself can remember about forty different sets.
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Annual

A Mass for a deceased person or for some special object, said daily for a year or on the anniversary day.
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Annual

A plant that completes its entire life cycle within the space of a year
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Annual

A reference book that is published regularly once every year
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Annual

Occurring or payable every year;
An annual trip to Paris
Yearly medical examinations
Annual (or yearly) income
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Annual

Completing its life cycle within a year;
A border of annual flowering plants
The common buttercup is a popular perennial plant
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FAQs

What does "Annual" describe?

"Annual" is an adjective describing something that occurs or is valid for one year.
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What's an example of an "annual event"?

A birthday party celebrated once a year is an "annual event."
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Can "Annually" refer to things besides time?

Typically, "Annually" relates to the frequency of an occurrence within a year's time.
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Can "Annually" describe an event?

Yes, if indicating the frequency of the event's occurrence, e.g., "The event takes place annually."
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How often does something "annual" occur?

It occurs once every year.
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Is "Annually" an adjective or adverb?

"Annually" is an adverb.
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Is an "annual plant" a plant that grows every year?

No, an "annual plant" completes its lifecycle in one year.
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How do I use "Annually" in a sentence?

Example: "They conduct a survey annually."
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Oct 11, 2023

If I pay a fee annually, how often am I paying?

You're paying once every year.
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Oct 11, 2023

Can "Annual" be used to describe a contract?

Yes, if the contract is valid for one year, it's an "annual contract."
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Oct 11, 2023
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